Supervisors: Dr Chris Wright and Dr Chedly Tizaoui
Expected Interview Date: March 2020
The environmental conditions in many locations on board maritime vessels or marine structures can favour the proliferation of microorganisms associated with microbiologically influenced corrosion (MIC). A wide range of different materials are used in the construction of maritime vessels, in both structural and support elements, and many of these material types have been shown to be susceptible to microbiologically influenced corrosion (MIC). The company are seeking a greater understanding of these corrosion issues as they present a significant problem with thier floating craft.
The main microbial families concerned with MIC are
Why are SRBs a problem?
In engineering SRBs cause problems when sulphate containing water comes into contact with metal. A chemical reaction occurs which produces a layer of molecular hydrogen on the metal surface. The SRBs then oxidise this molecular hydrogen to create hydrogen sulphide which contributes to rapid corrosion.
Aim of Project:
To develop a better understanding of biocorrosion to ultimately aid in the design of better MIC prevention and mitigation strategies. This can be conducted for a variety of fabrication materials with exposure to MIC bacteria-containing media, including oil and gas pipelines, ballast water tanks, steel pilings in marine applications, and, more recently, offshore wind farms.Sponsoring Company Port Talbot Harbour Boats Services
We welcome applications from candidates with an Engineering or Physical Science degree (minimum level 2:1), or a combination of degree and equivalent relevant experience to the same level, to join the M2A community of research engineers.Funding
Fees at UK/EU rate and a stipend of £12500 for one year.
For full details on funding eligibility, please refer to the Materials and Manufacturing Academy (M2A) Website.
Due to funding restrictions, this scholarship is not open to ‘International’ candidates.Closing Date 1 April 2020